Scope and policy
HOW is a biannual publication led by ASOCOPI, the Colombian Association of Teachers of English. It is a journal by and for teachers of English who wish to share outcomes of educational and research experiences intended to add understanding to English language teaching practices. Therefore, the journal falls within the field of education and, specifically, the teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language.
Authors can submit manuscripts to one of the four sections of the journal as follows:
Research Reports: In-progress and final reports of studies carried out by teacher-researchers or student-teachers studying in BA programs. The abstract of the paper should explicitly indicate this and the structure of the article should include the main components of a research report: introduction, method, results, conclusions, references, among others.
Reports on Pedagogical Experiences: These tell the reader about teaching practices that have been systematized by the authors as a result of an analytical process. Reports on pedagogical experiences are expected to include a solid justification, the description of the processes followed in a given educational setting, samples of such processes, results of the experiences and conclusions. The authors are also expected to support their manuscript with theoretical and/or research studies and to present analytical perspectives.
Reflections and Revision of Themes: Specific subjects or topics can be examined in depth in two types of articles: reflections and revisions of themes. An article of reflection presents the results of a research project from the author’s analytical, interpretative or critical perspective. It is about a specific topic and draws on the close examination of a variety of sources as well as clearly shows the author’s informed points of view. An article of revision is the result of a research project in which one analyses, systematizes and integrates the outcomes of published or non-published research projects about a specific topic. Authors gather the advances and developmental tendencies in the field and support them with a rich and varied selection of references.
Book Reviews: They gather summarized academic opinions of no more than 1500 words on current publications in the topic of English language teaching, learning, or acquisition. The focus is mainly on research books or on textbooks designed for language teaching. Due to its informative nature, book reviews are not required to include the usual components of research or reflection articles (abstract, key words, introduction, etc.).
In general, it is advisable that manuscripts contain clear pedagogic implications stated in no less than three pages. Additionally, there should be a section at the end indicating suggestions and ideas for further research in the field.
All submissions follow a double blind review process, that is, the identity of authors is never revealed to reviewers throughout the review process and vice versa. On the whole, the evaluation process lasts four months approximately. First, each manuscript is sent to two reviewers who can accept, reject, or suggest that the manuscript be revised and resubmitted. In case the evaluations of the two reviewers are at variance, the following is a summary of the steps that will be taken:
Evaluation 1: Accept
Evaluation 1: Reject
Evaluation 1: Accept
If an article requires major changes it will be returned to the author with the recommendation: revise and resubmit. The author will be given three weeks to revise the manuscript; failure to comply with this deadline will result in the manuscript being considered as a new submission. Once the revised version is received it will be sent to the two original reviewers (or the third one, if applicable) for their final evaluation. The editing process will start once the article is accepted after having been read by members of the editorial committee and the advisory board. Authors should be ready to revise it if necessary and the edited version will be sent to the author for approval. Authors will be given deadlines to revise the manuscript throughout the process of edition as well; final acceptance and date of publication of the manuscript depend on the timely response to such deadlines.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The submission of manuscripts is exclusively done online through the journal web site: http://www.howjournalcolombia.org/index.php/how/ (do not send submissions by e-mail). To upload their submissions, authors first have to register as users by clicking on the option "register" at the top menu and filling in the user registration form, selecting the option "Register as: Author" at the end. Once registered with the site, authors will be able to upload their submission (manuscript and complementary files). It is important to follow each of the five submission steps to avoid rejection of the manuscript after the initial screening. Important note: HOW receives submissions signed by a maximum of three authors.
Papers must not exceed 7000 words, including the abstract, key words, footnotes, references, and annexes. Please indicate at the beginning of the manuscript your total number of words. The manuscript should be saved as a Word document, double-spaced, Times Roman 12, and with all margins at least three centimeters. Do not write your name or biodata in the article. Manuscripts should contain an abstract of no more than 110 words and a list of key words in alphabetical order (no more than five). The abstract and the key words should be both in Spanish and English.
Translate into English all pieces of information that are in other languages like excerpts, appendices, and/or quotes. Place a footnote clarifying that the translation is made for publication purposes. The original language can be kept as long as this is necessary due to the nature of the study; however, the corresponding English translation must additionally be provided.
Footnotes must be used sparingly. If necessary, they must be included on the same page, not at the end of the document. All graphics in the article should be elaborated in black and white. Please avoid the use of color. Include downsized versions of each figure or table in the manuscript, following the Word format. The figures or pictures used in the manuscript should also be sent in complementary high-resolution graphic files; JPG is preferred. Tables should be created in Microsoft Word. Appendices, figures, and tables should include a title.
Following the American Psychological Association (APA) style, Sixth Edition (see samples of references on the journal website: http://howjournalcolombia.org/index.php/how/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.), authors must include citations inside the text as well as the complete bibliographic information for each citation in the list of references.
When a manuscript includes samples from participants, authors must send, as a supplementary file, the consent form used to ask subjects for their permission to replicate the information. In case the subjects are underage, the consent form should be signed by their legal guardians.
Please send the article and the consent form (if applicable) together with a letter to the editor specifying the following: Title of the article in English and Spanish (titles should not be longer than 12 words), author(s) name(s) (use the name with which you want to be identified when your work is referenced; a maximum of three authors per manuscript), institution, address, a short biographical statement of no more than 40 words per author, and the date or period of time when the document was written. Additionally, you should include a statement indicating that your article has not been submitted to another publication and that it has not already been published elsewhere. The letter to the editor should also be the place to mention acknowledgments (if authors wish to do so) in a paragraph of no more than 100 words (please, do not write acknowledgments in the manuscript).
Note: Upon publication, authors will receive a PDF copy of their articles and will be invited to consult the complete contents on the journal website. ASOCOPI does not send printed versions of the journal unless the authors are active members of the Association. Authors interested in acquiring the printed version should contact the Editor.
Ethical considerations: It should be noted that plagiarism is a crime under Colombian law. Plagiarism basically consists of incorporating ideas (verbatim or by paraphrasing) from other works without properly acknowledging the source. Similarly, self-plagiarism occurs when an author fails to give proper attribution to his or her own previously published work. All manuscripts recommended for publication in the HOW journal are screened for plagiarism using a plagiarism checker. If minor problems are identified (i.e., a small portion of no more than a couple of sentences has been copied, improper or unclear citation, lack of quotation marks) the author is contacted and asked to correct them. However, when the copied or misattributed part exceeds one paragraph the manuscript will be rejected and the author notified.
HOW will reject papers which evidence plagiarism or self-plagiarism and its decision will be final. Manuscripts submitted by authors whose work has been rejected due to plagiarism will not be considered for evaluation purposes in the future. The same will apply to authors who simultaneously submit their manuscripts to other journals (parallel submission).
Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement
The purpose of this declaration is to clarify the expected duties and ethical behavior for all the parties involved in the process of submission, evaluation, and selection of manuscripts sent to the HOW journal.
Duties Expected of the Editor
Duties Expected of the Author
Duties Expected of the Reviewer
Sending of manuscripts
Manuscripts and supplementary files should be uploaded to the journal website: www.howjournalcolombia.org.
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